RESIDENTS are urged to pay attention to "Ticks Awareness".
The County Council of Hampshire (HCC) warns residents against the dangers of ticks and urges residents to be cautious, especially in wooded areas.
The tiny insects that can transmit bacteria such as Lyme disease can be found year-round, but are most active between spring and autumn. They typically occur in forests, meadows, heathland or heathland, but also in urban parks and gardens.
Now, the HCC has issued a series of advice to hikers in areas known to have high numbers of ticks, such as in the New Forest.
Residents are invited:
• Wear appropriate clothing (a long-sleeved shirt and trousers that are tucked into your socks).
• Use an insect repellent
• Wear light fabrics that may recognize a check mark on your clothing
• Examine your skin for ticks, especially at the end of the day, including head, neck and skin folds (armpits, groin and waist).
• Check your child's head and neck, including the scalp (skin on the head).
• Make sure pets do not bring ticks in their fur.
When bitten by a tick, residents need to remove them with fine-tipped tweezers or an easy-to-use device that can be purchased from pharmacies or veterinarians. Then:
• Take the tick as close to the skin as possible. Pull slowly and firmly upwards as oral areas in the skin can cause a local infection.
• After removal, apply antiseptic to the bite area and watch for changes for a few weeks.
• Consult your doctor if you feel unwell or if you develop a circular red rash that is often described as a bull's eye rash.